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The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for several awards honoring local businesses and individuals. Award categories include: DECA Entrepreneur of the Year, Bosco Tourism Business of the Year, Green Business of the Year, Philanthropic Business of the Year (small and large business categories) and Top Brass Awards. Award winners will be honored at the chamber’s Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, April 21, at the Aspen Glen Club. The DECA chapter at the Glenwood Springs High School will present its annual award for local Entrepreneur of the Year, and Schmueser Gordon Meyer will present the Green Business of the Year Award, recognizing a business that has minimized its environmental footprint and encourages the community’s environmental stewardship. The Chamber Ambassador Committee will select the Top Brass Awards based on personal or professional achievement, business expansion or milestones of the past year. The accomplishments must have taken place between January and December of 2010 to qualify. Awards will also be presented to the Large and Small Philanthropic Business of the Year, Bosco Tourism Business of the Year and Chamber Volunteer of the Year. This year’s gala marks the 18th year for the annual ATHENA award that honors an exceptional local woman or man who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in assisting women in reaching their full leadership potential. Last year’s ATHENA recipient was Trish Kramer. The ATHENA Young Professional Award will be presented again this year as well. This award recognizes an emerging leader who gives back to the community and serves as a role model for young women. Last year’s ATHENA Young Professional recipient was Stacey Gavrell. Nomination forms are available at The nomination deadline for the ATHENA Award, ATHENA Young Professional Award and Top Brass Awards has passed. The nomination deadline for the remaining awards is Wednesday, March 16. Please contact the chamber at (970) 945-6589 for more information.

Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts will provide an irrigation cost share program to address inefficient irrigation systems and will include practices to improve water quality and quantity. If your irrigation system needs a new headgate or improved delivery system and you live in Garfield County call the district office at 945-5494, ext. 105, for an application. Applications will be accepted through March 15 with funding announced April 1.

The board of directors of the Roaring Fork Water & Sanitation District will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at the district’s wastewater treatment plant, 2550 County Road 109, Carbondale, to consider the following changes to the current water and sewer tap fee structure. The new tap fees are proposed to take effect on March 16, 2011, for new construction: CurrentProposedWater Tap Fee per EQR$3,000$3,700Sewer Tap Fee per EQR$3,900$6,500If you would like a copy of the Water and Sewer Tap Fee Report that provides the basis for this increase, contact the district office at 945-2144. Written comments may also be submitted prior to the hearing by mailing to PO Box 1002, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602 or e-mail

Ballet Magnificat! is coming to Glenwood Springs to perform “Hiding Place.” Inspired by the true story of Corrie ten Boom during the Jewish holocaust of the 1940s, “Hiding Place” depicts the story of two sisters, Corrie and Betsie, as they help their lifelong Jewish neighbors and friends find security in a small hiding place built in the wall of their home, only to be discovered and transported to the concentration camp of Ravensbruck to face struggles far exceeding their wildest imagination. The story is unveiled with a great level of drama, passion, pain, yet joy and ultimately hope, as the audience is challenged to believe the unbelievable, the power of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.”Hiding Place” has been performed across the country and internationally, including performances in Israel before holocaust survivors.The performance in Glenwood Springs will take place on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School. Tickets are $10/adult in advance and $12 at the door; $8 for children 12 and under and $10 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at Ballet Magnificat! was founded in 1986 by IBC Silver Medalist Kathy Thibodeaux and her husband, Keith, the former child star known for his portrayal of “Little Ricky” on the much-loved TV series “I Love Lucy.” The ballet company has now grown to include two professional touring companies, a school of the arts, and a summer workshop attended by hundreds of students, teachers and praise dancers each year. For more information, e-mail Paulette Bourget at

Grand River Hospital District will hold its second spring health fair in Rifle. The Rifle 9Health Fair will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center in Rifle and offers low cost blood tests and free screenings, including prostate, skin, lung function, a limited number of mammograms for qualified women, and more. Pap smears will not be offered at this year’s health fair, but women will be able to get enrolled in programs that can assist them in getting valuable women’s health screenings. Grand River partners with 9Health Fair, a statewide organization, to offer this health fair to the community.There are four pre-registration dates for the 9Health Fair: Monday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 30, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center.Tuesday, March 29, and Thursday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rifle Senior Center. Participants are reminded to fast for 12 hours before getting blood tests to ensure the most accurate results. For more information about the Rifle 9Health Fair, call (970) 625-6439. For more information about the 9Health Fair organization and a more detailed list of blood tests, visit or call 1 (800) 332-3078.

The Riding Institute for Disabled Equestrians (RIDE) is getting ready for the summer 2011. We offer equine assisted activities and therapies for children and adults in a beautiful setting on Silt Mesa. RIDE is a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association center, which enables us to offer this rewarding experience with the horse. Registration for the program is beginning now and will be continuing through the spring. For information, call contact Dee Stiers at 876-2987.

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